Monday, October 20, 2014

Rome (Marked Men #3) - Review

Rome (Marked Men #1)

By: Jay Crownover

Published: January 7, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks

387 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray. Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .
MY REVIEW:
Rome is almost tame compared to his brother Rule and rockstar friend Jet. He has been in the United States Army for nearly 10 years. He's a big beast of a man, without the tattoos and piercings that his brother and friends are so fond of. So it only stands to reason that we need someone "marked" for him to become involved with. Enter Cora. She works with the guys at the tattoo shop, is best friends with Shaw and Ayden (girls from books one and two) and fits the bill of a punk rock Tinker Bell. She's small and petite, pretty, with her share of piercings and tattoos, and a heart of gold, loyal to her core for her friends. The two of them together are an interesting match.

Rome has just returned home, being discharged from the military because of his injuries. Though healed physically he carries a load of mental struggles from his time at war. The only thing that helps him sleep at night without nightmares is a lot of alcohol. At to that the stress he has with his parents over the grudge he is keeping against them and Shaw regarding his brother Remy's secret. The dude is just a walking cloud of anger and frustration. One drunken night changes everything when Cora comes to his rescue and starts a relationship neither of them expected.

Cora is searching for Mr. Perfect after having her heart broken by the only man she had ever loved. What she fails to realize is that no one is perfect. Least of all Rome Archer. But she can't deny her strong attraction to him, his bright blue eyes and his strong muscled body. He definitely oozes masculinity. As with all new adult contemporary stories, the major conflict comes about 75% of the way through. Predictable yet it comes with a twist.

Favorite Quotes:
"Relationships are not tailor-made and people are flawed. You have to work around that and love the other person anyway. Our flaws are what make us unique..."

"I can't be perfect for you, but I can be someone you rely on, someone you want to keep around even though it isn't always going to be easy."

He was simply the best of all the imperfect things I could ever have asked for.

"...love didn't do any good if you held on to it in a death grip. It only had purpose, had power, when you had the courage to hand it over to someone else for safekeeping."
Final  Rating - 4 stars

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Post #98

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
State of Chaos (Collapse Series #2) by Summer Lane
Buy Link: Amazon

Overwhelmed by You (Tear Asunder #2) by Nashoda Rose
Buy Link: Amazon

~REVIEW~
Pull (Push #2) by Claire Wallis
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - Jet (Marked Men #2) by Jay Crownover (3.5 stars)

THURSDAY:
ARC Thursday Review - Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah (2.5 stars)

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Rome (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover
ARC Thursday Review - TBD

Don't forget - you still have 3 months left to participate in the 2014 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Link up reviews of any last book in a series you've read and reviewed to be entered into a giveaway every month!

I focused more on reading than blogging this week. Some weeks I'm evenly balanced between the two and others I just want to read. So that's what I did. I finished 3 books this week (granted one was a 65 page novella) but that's still a good number for me in one week with everything else going on. 

Other than that not much else to share. Enjoy your reading friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

*ARC* Of Scars and Stardust - Review

Of Scars and Stardust

By: Andrea Hannah

Published: October 8, 2014 by Flux

336 pages

Source: ARC from publisher via Netgalley

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind. 

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.
MY REVIEW:
Unfortunately I had a lot of "life happens" interruptions while trying to read this book and that resulted in me putting it down and picking it up for short snippets here and there over a month long period. 336 pages in a month?! That's ridiculously slow for me. My interest level never really grew enough for me to want to come back to the story. And because of that my overall rating dropped some. I couldn't seem to get deep enough involved with the story line or the characters. The character development also seemed lacking, especially where Grant and Claire are concerned.

What the....what on earth?! I'm so incredibly confused by this book. I liked the uniqueness of the disappearance of Claire's sister and the other little girl in their town, the mystery that surrounds both of the girls disappearances. But I was left with a whole lot of confusion and unanswered questions at the end. It's not often I read a book where I feel like I need someone to explain to me what just occurred. This is one of them.

Small town, Amble, Ohio has a lot of legends about wolves. These wolves are said to attack people and they crave cherry flavoring or cherry scents, oh and the color of periwinkle. Claire's thirteen year old sister is attacked one night and fifteen year old Claire is to blame for her injuries. To keep her out of jail her parents have her evaluated by a psychiatrist and sent to Manhattan to live with an aunt. While living with the aunt, 2 years later her sister goes missing and Claire finally goes back home to try to figure out what has happened to her. Along the way she and Grant connect once again (someone she was close with before leaving) and he helps her to piece together clues that Ella seemingly left behind. Claire believes the wolves have taken Ella, that they were the ones who attacked Ella in the cornfield and the other missing girl in town and she will get the proof she needs to prove it to everyone else.

I thought this book was going in a completely different direction - one that I was totally on board with and anxiously waiting to see the conclusion. But woah - the way it went was crazy weird and I still don't understand what I just read. What about Rae? Patrick? Grant? Ella and Claire's parents? Ella for crying out loud?

There were a TON of grammatical errors throughout the ebook version I received from Netgalley. Missing words, words inserted where they shouldn't have been, the wrong usage of words given the context of the sentence (example: using "her" when it should've been "him"). That many errors made it harder to read.

Overall it just felt extremely strange. So yeah, my initial reaction stands. What the what?! Sorry guys, this one just wasn't for me.

Favorite Quotes:
"Sometimes, the unknown is far scarier than what's really there, when you're ready to look."

And maybe that's just what we were now: two people with broken sisters that needed to stitch each other back together with hand squeezes and stillness. And maybe that's okay. Maybe that's more than okay.

"It's just that, you're one of those people that can do anything, if you want to," he breathed. "You're kinda like magic, Claire."

I wondered which was more lethal: What was inside the cornfield, or out. And did it even matter anymore?

Final Rating - 2.5 stars


This post is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jet (Marked Men #2) - Review

Jet (Marked Men #2)

By: Jay Crownover

Published: May 28, 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks

416 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?
MY REVIEW:
Any time I want to blow through books fast these are the kind of juicy reads I reach for. I highly enjoyed Rule (Marked Men #1) and knew that I would equally eat up the rest of the Marked Men series. Jet doesn't disappoint with his tattoos, muscled abs and tight jeans. Although personally, skinny jeans on guys don't really do it for me. Blech! As far as my favorite among the Marked Men guys, Jet doesn't rank very high, simply from his fashion choices. Rule is still my favorite (though admittedly there's more of the guys to read about yet).

Jet is the lead singer of a local heavy metal band in Denver, Colorado and as great as a musician and songwriter he is, he has no desire to tour around the world and sign with a major label. He is just fine being a local star and the amount of women waiting in line are in no shortage.

Jet and Ayden run in the same circle of friends, and with her southern drawl and good girl persona she is someone he views as way out of his league, seeing as how she isn't the kind of girl who would be okay with a one night stand. So the friend zone is where they find themselves. That seems for the best because their future plans are entirely different.

As always with these kind of stories, both have a past they aren't willing to share with the other one and as such disaster looms in the distance. This always seems to happen around the 75%-80% mark of the book. That much is predictable. It's never bothered me though. It is just something I've come to expect. You can't have a great New Adult contemporary romance without the angst anyway, right?

Favorite Quotes:
"...it's like you're in heat or something. I don't know how you guys ignore all the snap, crackle, and pop that happens whenever you get within breathing distance of each other, but I'm telling you it's exhausting to watch."

He might think he was broken, but I knew the truth - that he was funny, sweet, and undeniably talented and there were more than enough pieces of him at my disposal if I wanted to try to put him back together.

"It's really easy to think that these guys are just one way because of how they look and how they talk, but once they let you in it's an entirely different ball game."

"No one else has ever come close and you're the only one I have ever wanted to offer it to."

"Love isn't perfect. It's hard work and sometimes it's more effort to be in love than it is to just run away."

Final Rating: 3.5 stars

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Post #97

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
State of Emergency (Collapse Series #1) by Summer Lane
Buy Link: Amazon ($1.99)

With You (Tear Asunder 0.5) by Nashoda Rose
Buy Link: Amazon (FREEBIE)

Torn From You (Tear Asunder #1) by Nashoda Rose
Buy Link: Amazon ($2.99)

~FOR REVIEW~
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (4 stars)

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:
DNF Review - Feed by Mira Grant 

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Jet (Marked Men #2) by Jay Crownover
ARC Thursday Review - Of Scars and Stardust

Not much news to share or report this week. One child has a 3 day weekend and the other has a 4 day weekend so we are going to enjoy our extra days off of school this week. 

Oh! My Mom and I spent Thursday doing a couple Pinterest crafts. Below is a picture of our handy work. We made a Pinterest inspired witch wreath (one for each of us) and 2/each foam pumpkin topiaries.

Enjoy your week friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 10, 2014

DNF Review: Feed

Feed (Newsflesh #1)

By: Mira Grant

Published: April 10, 2010 by Orbit

609 pages

Source: Personal Kindle library

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.


FEED is the electrifying and critically acclaimed novel of a world a half-step from our own---a novel of geeks, zombies, politics and social media.
MY REVIEW:
I debated doing an actual review for this one but I decided to go ahead because the book isn't awful. Many I'm sure will enjoy it. But once I got to 20% (page 127) I knew this wasn't one I wanted to read. When you have 500+ books on your TBR list and probably 50+ in your possession to be read, you just don't have the time or energy to sit through something you don't enjoy. Especially something thats 600 pages! Unfortunately this book falls into that category for me: something I didn't enjoy.

I was intrigued because it was a zombie read and I'm a zombie fan. The problem is that "feed" doesn't necessarily mean "zombies feeding on the living". Sure, it does refer to that through the book, but the use of the word "feed" in this book is a news feed. Blah.

This story follows three people, Georgia, her adopted brother Shaun, and their friend Mason. Together they run a blog that all three write for. The trio are chosen to follow the campaign trail of a presidential candidate (really, the world still has an active government during a zombie apocalypse?!) and report their findings uncensored with the world. This will boost their ratings such as they've never seen it before, and in the process of gaining recognition for their work, will go miles towards their careers in their type of journalism blogging.

What I didn't like:
1. The heavy emphasis on politics and government and presidential campaigns. BORING. I read to escape the things in the world - not read more about them. These kind of topics fall into what I don't like to read about.

2. The zombies are like the background noise of the story. Aside from Georgia and her brother narrowly escaping a group of zombies in the beginning of the story, after 20% of the book that's about as much contact as we see the living have with the zombies. When I read a zombie story I want the characters running for their lives more frequently.

3. The ridiculous idea that even 20 years after the infections started that people were still going on with random unimportant things in their daily activities such as blogging (how on earth do they have access to technology and internet and TV anyway?!) and eating out at restaurants and pretending life is like the "old normal". When in reality, safety precautions are more important than ever.

4. At the end of each chapter, and sometimes at the beginning, there were excerpts from the blogs of the trio. I didn't understand the value in having these in the story. Dates were used with each one but it never went in any order other than perhaps the same year. It was too hard to try to track a time line in the story since these dates bounced back and forth in time among the three bloggers.

I wanted to like this. 3.89 average rating on Goodreads seemed high enough for me to give it a go. It just wasn't what I was expecting. You very well may enjoy that the zombies really don't take center stage....at least in the first 20% (127 pages) of the book. But if you are like me, and you like your zombies chasing people for their next meal, and in the midst of the chase you find humanity trying to take a stand while they strive to live and not just survive, then I wouldn't recommend this one.

Quotes that sum up this story:
We're the all-purpose opiate of the new millennium: We report the news, we make the news, and we give you a way to escape when the news becomes too much to handle.

I never wanted to be Lois Lane, girl reporter, even though I dressed like her for Halloween one year. I wanted to be Edward R. Murrow, facing down corruption in the government. I wanted to be Hunter S. Thompson, ripping the skin off the world. I wanted the truth, and I wanted the news...

The zombies are here, and they're not going away, but they're not the story. They were, for one hot, terrible summer at the beginning of the century, but now they're just another piece of the way things work. They did their part: They changed everything. Absolutely everything.

Final Rating - DNF (1 star)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cover Reveal: PULL by Claire Wallis

~COVER REVEAL~

PULL (Push #2)
By Claire Wallis
Expected Publication Date: November 6, 2014
Preorders can be made beginning October 20 on Amazon!
***PULL is the continuation of Claire Wallis' sharp and shocking debut novel, PUSH. It is the second book in the series and is not intended to be a standalone.***

"It is impossible for someone like me - someone with a sin-list capable of wrapping itself around the world - to find redemption. To be repaired."
David Calgaro has secrets, and the only woman he's ever loved is about to pay the ultimate price to protect them. He's spent a lifetime searching for purpose and control. And the only place he's managed to find them is in a single, perfect moment; a moment in which he has absolute control over someone else's life.

David is unredeemable, unfixable, unsalvageable. But Emma Searfoss has forced a tiny sliver of hope to penetrate his soul. Hope that, even though redemption is impossible, maybe life isn't. Maybe he isn't who he thought he was. Maybe he's meant to be more.

This is a new adult novel with mature content for readers 17 and up.
             
 About Claire Wallis:
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Enamored with the process of creating messy characters filled with imperfections and wicked inclinations, Claire believes that you don’t actually have to like a character to fall in love with them – a good story, after all, is best served with a hearty side of evil (just ask Disney). Claire’s first New Adult novel, Push, was released by MIRA Books on May 1st 2014. The story speaks to her appreciation of enigmatic male characters, perfectly capable of charming themselves straight into your unwilling heart. She enjoys writing about characters that are, at any given moment, both loathed and loved. You know, the ones that refuse to be forgotten.

Claire Wallis has penned hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles over the last ten years, with science playing the lead role in almost all of them. Though non-fiction writing will forever be her first love, fiction has unexpectedly swooped in, hooked her by the soul, and become her true love. As a result of this coup d’├ętat, Claire’s writing career has made a complete U-turn, and instead of rocks, plants, insects, and microbes, she is now putting human characters in the lead.

Claire’s previous jobs include working at a limestone quarry, hawking vegetables at a farmer’s market, clerking at the dollar store, and convincing new mothers that they need to renew their subscription to that parenting magazine in order for their child to survive. She lives in Pennsylvania with her amazingly awesome husband and son.



If you haven't had the chance to read book one, PUSH, check out my review for it HERE. It is one of the most surprising books I've read this year and I gave it 4.5 stars! 
Buy Link: Amazon
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